To continue improving the quality and relevance of learning, research and technology transfer in institutions offering applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET) programs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the World Bank, under the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) initiative, launched the Regional Benchmarking of African universities Initiative in November 2015. The regional benchmarking initiative is in line with PASET’s objective of investing in the creation of a skilled workforce in SSA countries to maximize returns on domestic and foreign investment in key economic sectors; and to increase the capacity of universities and research centres to generate knowledge relevant to Africa’s development challenges. PASET is tapping into the experiences of fast-growing economies such as Korea, Brazil, China and India, to learn how to build Africa’s capability in applied sciences, engineering and technology. The AVU has been competitively selected by the World Bank to host the regional higher education data hub for the PASET Benchmarking Initiative. As the facilitation unit, the AVU will carry out the initiative’s activities in francophone and anglophone countries in SSA. AVU will be leading this effort with support from the PASET Secretariat (hosted at the World Bank) and global experts, including Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.